Change of habit cannot alter Nature.
The nature or characteristics of something are difficult to change. Can you think of examples of nature? Hint: gravity
What habits can be easily changed?
Introductory Discussion Questions
What are things that we can change about ourselves?
What are some things that we cannot change about ourselves?
Have you seen a raven or swan? If so, where?
Synonym Matching A
splendid came from
Synonym Matching B
washing go out
neighborhood home area
Listening Gap Fill
A Raven ______ a Swan and desired to secure for himself _______ same beautiful plumage. Supposing that the Swan’s splendid ________ color arose from his washing in the water _____ which he swam, the Raven left the _________ in the neighborhood where he picked up his _________, and took up residence in the lakes and ________. But cleansing his feathers as often as he ________, he could not change their color, while through _______ of food he perished.
Change of habit cannot ________ Nature.
Word Bank Blank Fill
A Raven saw a Swan and desired to 1. ( ) for himself the same beautiful plumage. Supposing that the Swan’s splendid white color arose from his 2. ( ) in the water in which he swam, the Raven left the altars in the neighborhood where he picked up his 3. ( ), and took up residence in the lakes and 4. ( ). But cleansing his feathers as often as he would, he could not 5. ( ) their color, while through want of food he 6. ( ).
Change of habit 7. ( ) alter Nature.
Pair Work Discussion Questions
What are things you desire that seem impossible?
If you could have one impossible wish, what would it be?
When could desiring something be bad?
What was the first mistake the Raven made in its thinking?
What advice would you give to someone wanting something impossible?
What habits do you wish you could change?
What habit change could be dangerous for you?
When could desiring something be good?
What was the final mistake the Raven made?
What advice would you give to someone who wants to change a habit?
Rewrite this fable using different animals or humans.
Synonym Matching A: desired-->wanted, secure-->get, beautiful-->pretty, plumage-->feathers, splendid-->wonderful, arose-->got up.
Synonym Matching B: washing-->cleansing, left-->go out, neighborhood-->home area, living-->job, residence-->home, perished-->died, habit-->routine, alter-->change,
Listening Gap Fill: and, the, white, in, altars, living, pools, would, want, alter.
Word Bank Blank Fill: 1. b. secure, 2. a. washing, 3. d. living, 4. g. pools, 5. e. change, 6. f. perished, 7. b. cannot.
to secure 保险
plumage, feathers 羽毛
white color 白色
washing, cleansing 洗涤
could not change, could not alter 不能改变
want of food 缺乏食物